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Report: Lab-grown meat to be regulated

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The Department of Agriculture and the FDA reached a "formal agreement" on Thursday to regulate cell-cultured meat grown in lab settings, the AP reports.

Why it matters: If cell-cultured meat companies want to use their products to eliminate animal cruelty in factories, feed a growing population and combat climate change — as they keep claiming it can — they need consumers to be able to trust their food, which can only happen if it's regulated like any other food product.

Japan suffered record population drop in 2018

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Senior Japanese woman with an umbrella on Taketomi Island, Japan. Photo: Eric Lafforgue/Art In All Of Us/Corbis via Getty Images.

Government statistics show Japan experienced its largest natural population decline ever in 2018, CNN reports, with a record-low birthrate and deaths hitting a post-war record high.

The big picture: "Japan is a 'super-aged' nation, meaning more than 20% of its population is older than 65. The country's total population stands at 124 million this year — but by 2065 it is expected to have dropped to about 88 million."

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